With college football season arriving, coaches all over the country are preparing their team for a grueling 12 game regular season schedule.
Depending on the institution, college football coaches are often among the top paid employees of the college or university. The same will hold true once again in 2015, with the following coaches leading the way:
- Nick Saban, University of Alabama: $7.3 million.
- Urban Meyer, Ohio State University: $5.8 million.
- Bob Stoops, Oklahoma University: $5.25 million.
- Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan: $5 million.
- Charlie Strong, University of Texas: $5 million.
- Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M University: $5 million.
- Les Miles, LSU: $4.5 million.
- Art Briles, Baylor University: $4.25 million.
- Steve Sarkisian, USC: $4.25 million.
- Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa: $4 million.
Upon closer examination, many coaches on the list are considered to be among the best in the game. For example, Nick Saban has several national championships under his belt. The same holds true for Urban Meyer. Maybe that explains why they are 1 – 2 on the list.
Conversely, coaches such as Bob Stoops and Kevin Sumlin are on the hot seat heading into the 2015 season. They are earning big money and have achieved success in the past, but their respective school, fans, and boosters are hoping for more wins.
Regardless of what happens on the field this season, the 10 coaches above will be compensated nicely.
Note: salary statistics courtesy of Sporting News.